My herbstluftwm configuration

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herbstluftwm is the best manual tile window manager I've used.

The default configuration is fine in most cases.

I added hc rules to make some firefox addons usable at my tiny netbook.

So here is my modified $HOME/.config/herbstluftwm/autostart:


# this is a simple config for herbstluftwm

function hc() { herbstclient "$@" }

hc emit_hook reload

xsetroot -solid '#000000'

#feh --bg-scale /home/cb/.config/herbstluftwm/wallpaper.jpg

# keybindings


hc keybind $Mod-Shift-q quit

hc keybind $Mod-Shift-r reload

hc keybind $Mod-Shift-c close

hc keybind $Mod-Return spawn terminator

hc keybind $Mod-x spawn dmenu_run

hc keybind $Mod-q spawn scrot -e 'mkdir -p ~/screenshot;mv $f ~/screenshot/'

# tags

TAG_NAMES=( {1..4} )

TAG_KEYS=( {1..4} 0 )

hc rename default "${TAG_NAMES[0]}" || true

for i in ${!TAG_NAMES[@]} ; do hc add "${TAG_NAMES[$i]}" key="${TAG_KEYS[$i]}" if ! [ -z "$key" ] ; then hc keybind "$Mod-$key" use "${TAG_NAMES[$i]}" hc keybind "$Mod-Shift-$key" move "${TAG_NAMES[$i]}" fi done

# layouting

hc keybind $Mod-r remove

hc keybind $Mod-space cycle_layout 1

hc keybind $Mod-Shift-s split vertical 0.5

hc keybind $Mod-s split horizontal 0.5

hc keybind $Mod-o floating toggle

hc keybind $Mod-f fullscreen toggle

hc keybind $Mod-p pseudotile toggle

# resizing


hc keybind $Mod-Control-h resize left +$RESIZESTEP

hc keybind $Mod-Control-j resize down +$RESIZESTEP

hc keybind $Mod-Control-k resize up +$RESIZESTEP

hc keybind $Mod-Control-l resize right +$RESIZESTEP

# mouse

hc mousebind $Mod-Button1 move

hc mousebind $Mod-Button2 resize

hc mousebind $Mod-Button3 zoom

# focus

hc keybind $Mod-BackSpace cycle_monitor

hc keybind $Mod-Tab cycle_all +1

hc keybind $Mod-Shift-Tab cycle_all -1

hc keybind $Mod-c cycle

hc keybind $Mod-h focus left

hc keybind $Mod-j focus down

hc keybind $Mod-k focus up

hc keybind $Mod-l focus right

hc keybind $Mod-Shift-h shift left

hc keybind $Mod-Shift-j shift down

hc keybind $Mod-Shift-k shift up

hc keybind $Mod-Shift-l shift right

# colors

hc set frame_border_active_color '#49351D'

hc set frame_border_normal_color '#73532D'

hc set frame_bg_normal_color '#BD9768'

hc set frame_bg_active_color '#BD8541'

hc set frame_border_width 0

hc set window_border_width 0

hc set window_border_normal_color '#AE8451'

hc set window_border_active_color '#F6FF00'

# rules

hc unrule -F

#hc rule class=XTerm tag=3 # move all xterms to tag 3

hc rule focus=on # normally do not focus new clients

# give focus to most common terminals

hc rule class~'(.[Rr]xvt.|.*[Tt]erm|Konsole)' focus=on

hc rule windowtype~'NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE(DIALOG|UTILITY|SPLASH)' pseudotile=on

hc rule windowtype='_NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE_DIALOG' focus=on

hc rule windowtype~'NET_WM_WINDOW_TYPE(NOTIFICATION|DOCK)' manage=off

hc rule instance=xv class=MPlayer fullscreen=on

#firefox dialog should be fullscreen, useful for my tiny eeepc

hc rule instance="Dialog" class="Firefox" fullscreen=on #delicious bookmark

hc rule instance="Aup" class="Firefox" fullscreen=on #autoproxy

hc rule instance="Abp" class="Firefox" fullscreen=on #adblock plus

#view the image in fullscreen

#hc rule instance=feh class=feh fullscreen=on #feh has some bug


hc spawn ~/.config/herbstluftwm/

hc spawn parcellite -nd #use parcellite -p/-c to see the content

xprop is usefult for writing "hc rule". Please man herbstclient. is from the official package. It will display a panel at the top of the screen.

Here is my $HOME/.config/herbstluftwm/ (modified for display batttery rate):



geometry=( $(herbstclient monitor_rect "$monitor") )

if [ -z "$geometry" ] ;then echo "Invalid monitor $monitor" exit 1 fi

# geometry has the format: WxH+X+Y







function uniq_linebuffered() { awk '$0 != l { print ; l=$0 ; fflush(); }' "$@" }

herbstclient pad $monitor $height

{ # events: #mpc idleloop player & while true ; do date +'date ^fg(#efefef)%H:%M^fg(#909090), %Y-%m-^fg(#efefef)%d' sleep 1 || break done > >(uniq_linebuffered) & childpid=$! herbstclient --idle kill $childpid } 2> /dev/null | { TAGS=( $(herbstclient tag_status $monitor) ) date="" while true ; do bordercolor="#26221C" hintcolor="#573500" separator="^fg(#141414)^ro(1x$height)^fg()" # draw tags for i in "${TAGS[@]}" ; do case ${i:0:1} in '#') echo -n "^bg(#9fbc00)^fg(#141414)" ;; '+') echo -n "^bg(#9CA668)^fg(#141414)" ;; ':') echo -n "^bg(#6A4100)^fg(#141414)" ;; '!') echo -n "^bg(#FF0675)^fg(#141414)" ;; ) echo -n "^bg()^fg()" ;; esac echo -n "^ca(1,herbstclient focus_monitor $monitor && "'herbstclient use "'${i:1}'") '"${i:1} ^ca()" echo -n "$separator" done echo -n "^bg()^p(_CENTER)" # small adjustments battery=$(expr $(expr $(cat /sys/class/power_supply/BAT/charge_now) * 100) / $(cat /sys/class/power_supply/BAT/charge_full)) if [ "$battery" = "/" ] ;then right="$separator^bg($hintcolor) $date $separator" else right="$separator^bg($hintcolor) $battery% $date $separator" fi right_text_only=$(echo -n "$right"|sed 's.\^[^(]([^)])..g') # get width of right aligned text.. and add some space.. width=$(textwidth "$font" "$right_text_only ") echo -n "^p(_RIGHT)^p(-$width)$right" echo # wait for next event read line || break cmd=( $line ) # find out event origin case "${cmd[0]}" in tag) #echo "reseting tags" >&2 TAGS=( $(herbstclient tag_status $monitor) ) ;; date) #echo "reseting date" >&2 date="${cmd[@]:1}" ;; quit_panel) exit ;; reload) exit ;; #player) # ;; esac done } 2> /dev/null | dzen2 -w $width -x $x -y $y -fn "$font" -h $height \ -ta l -bg "$bgcolor" -fg '#efefef'

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